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14 Jun 2021

Full-Time Computational Chemist

Terramera – Posted by Terramera Anywhere

Job Description


We are seeking a Computational Chemist to develop computational models using various molecular simulation techniques such as Monte Carlo and Molecular Dynamics Simulations. The successful candidate will be working in a multidisciplinary team to develop methods to understand the molecular structure of soil organic matter through molecular modeling, computational spectroscopy and other computational modeling techniques. The successful candidate will contribute to the revolutionary solution as part of the world-renowned Soil Carbon program – aimed to bring together farmers and clean technology to turn climate change, economic crisis, and food insecurity into opportunities. 


To develop and apply advanced machine learning models related to predicting the outcome of computational chemistry simulations, which plays a key role in measuring soil carbon sequestration.  


Reporting to the Director, Bioinformatics & Chemistry, the Computational Chemist will work closely with the machine learning engineers to extract features from the simulations and use them to train the machine learning models.


  • Research soil organic matter and their compositions.
  • Investigate various ways to calculate the computational spectra of complex structures of soil organic matter.
  • Design computational models to study various interactions between different molecular components of soil organic matter such as humic  substances.
  • Perform computational simulation and obtain spectra for soil models.
  • Extract various features from the computational models.
  • Collaborate with the team of software engineers to put your models into production.
  • Perform other related duties in keeping with the purpose and accountabilities of the job.


  • MSc. or Ph.D. in computational Chemistry, Computational Biology, Computational Biophysics or related discipling with the focus on molecular simulations and spectroscopy
  • 2+ years of research and practical experience in molecular simulations techniques
  • Strong knowledge of variation theorem and perturbation theory
  • Strong Knowledge of DFT approaches and quantum mechanics methods
  • Knowledge of MD-DFT approaches would be considered as an asset
  • Familiarity with open-source computational chemistry software and chemical databases
  • Familiarity with statistical analysis (such as experiment design and hypothesis testing)
  • Proficiency with the Linux environment
  • Familiarity with Python or R programming languages would be considered as an asset
  • Knowledge of the Agile project management methodology.


  • Aptitude for interdisciplinary collaboration 
  • Capable of performing research on best practices and communicating results to a non-expert audience 
  • Ability to apply domain knowledge to ambiguous and novel situations 
  • Project management, collaborative, and technical leadership skills  


  • This position is remote, preferably based in Vancouver, BC but open to anywhere in Canada.


Terramera is a globally-recognized cleantech leader focused on fusing AI, science and nature to create revolutionary technologies that transform how we grow food and solve other world-scale challenges. With its Actigate™ Targeted Performance technology and mission to unlock the intelligence in nature to ensure a world that thrives and provides for everyone, Terramera is committed to reducing global synthetic chemical loads in agriculture by 80%, increasing global farm productivity by 20%, and increasing soil organic carbon by 100% by 2030. The privately held company was founded in 2010 and has grown to include a world-class bench of engineers, scientists, advisors and investors. Terramera is headquartered in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, has integrated operations that include state-of-art research labs, robotics workshop, greenhouse and farm, and has 250+ patents in its IP portfolio.  

Our success begins with our people. We’re looking for A-Players who are passionate about making a difference as we are and thrive in environments that are dynamic, challenging and rewarding. Join our movement, as we set a new standard and change the world together as a highly dedicated, innovative, future-focused and solutions-oriented team.  

While we thank all applicants for their interest, only short-listed candidates will be contacted. For more information on Terramera, please visit our website at  

Terramera is committed to a diverse workforce and we are an equal opportunity employer.  


  • Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. 

How to Apply

Please apply directly on our website's career page here 

Job Categories: Equal Opportunities. Job Types: Full-Time. Job Tags: biophysics, chemistry, DFT, Soil carbon, and spectroscopy. Salaries: Not Disclosed.

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